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by Ralph Trayfalgar Updated:
The momentum does not stop for fans of Formula 1—hot on the heels of the drama of Baku last weekend, F1 teams and fans now take to the Great White North for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. Read on below to get the rundown on betting odds and our takes on who is expected to walk away with the podium finish come race day.
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||-110|
|Sergio Perez||Red Bull||+325|
|Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||+25,000|
|Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+50,000|
|Guanyu Zhou||Alfa Romeo||+100,000|
|Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||+150,000|
Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc have been the year’s favourites for the World Driver’s Championship, and it should be no surprise that they are also poised to take P1 in this weekend’s race in Canada. However, sports betting sites in Canada also have Sergio Perez in their sights as a potential winner thanks to his fascinating showings over the past few races, alongside a few other names from further down the grid. Let’s have a look at the favourites for the Canadian GP.
It should be a surprise to no one that bookmakers rank Verstappen at the top of the odds ladder for the Canadian Grand Prix. Despite a rather slow start for the Dutchman in the first two races of the season, Verstappen has been able to regain his momentum and dominate the grid with wins at Imola, Miami, Barcelona, and Baku.
The superstar of Red Bull finished last weekend in Azerbaijan with a dominant 20 second lead over his teammate, Sergio Perez, which should be reason enough for anyone to expect a similar performance this weekend.
Team Ferrari frontrunner Charles Leclerc has had a very disappointing season, to say the least. While his speed and ferocity on the track has allowed him to nab four second-place finishes in the opening races of the year, a series of mechanical issues on Ferrari’s part has him trailing Verstappen by 13 points and Perez by 13 points in the WDC rankings. What’s worse, his finishes came after the Monacan pulled off blazing fast laps to secure pole position in a whopping six of the eight races so far.
Should Ferrari manage to work out their mechanical kinks in time for the race weekend, we may see Leclerc take the checkered flag and reclaim the WDC crown.
After team Red Bull managed to release Perez’s full potential in the 2021 season with his historical highlights, “Checo” runs alongside his teammate Max Verstappen in contention for the top spot on the World Driver’s Championship.
Perez has finished second in four of the last six races including a podium result at Monaco, as well as claiming the fastest lap in Baku last weekend. All of this is to say that Checo is not just here to simply drive as Verstappen’s wingman, with a better chance that ever to secure a first-place win in Montreal.
It should be remembered that Formula 1 is a sport that is never without some form of drama. With some surprise showings in Baku from racers further down the grid, bettors should not discount the potential for a major upset this weekend. Here are some of our picks for these unorthodox bet choices.
Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz hasn't had the best of success. Due to mechanical issues, the Spaniard was forced to retire from the Azerbaijan GP after running less than 10 laps in. However, he has never finished lower than fourth in the five races he has competed in this season. In the right conditions, Sainz definitely still stands a chance to make it to the top of the podium in the Canadian GP.
With three third-place finishes in the last six races this season—including one just last week—the Mercedes junior could actually claim his first career P1 in Canada this weekend. These results have found him securing a spot within the top five racers this year, surpassing even the great Lewis Hamilton.
Seven-time WDC champion Lewis Hamilton is, for lack of a better term, underperforming in 2022. After a disappointing eighth-place finish in Monaco, Hamilton was able to claw his way back to finish fourth in Azerbaijan last weekend.
Let it be remembered that Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to clinching championships. If there is anyone that can claim first place at the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, it would be him.
When it comes to Formula 1, the drivers, cars, and teams aren’t the only factors contributing to who claims the Canadian GP title this year.
It should be noted that the FIA has introduced a mid-season rule tweak to increase the cars’ ride height to 10mm to eliminate problems of “porpoising,” the aerodynamic bouncing effect that has greatly affected some of the massively-redesigned cars this season.
Hamilton is arguably the most affected by the issue, having lost to Max Verstappen in a controversial season-ending race last year. Hamilton is now sixth in the championship standings with just one podium, while the younger Russell has managed to outpace him at fourth place.
The complaints from Hamilton and Mercedes have not been lost on the other teams, with Red Bull’s Christian Horner opining that Mercedes may be playing up the porpoising issue to hide the fact that their 2022 vehicle has simply been underperforming. Others have pointed out that Mercedes could make setup changes that would lessen the physical toll on Hamilton and Russell without compromising the team's competitive advantage.
As the Canadian Grand Prix looms just over the horizon, race fans and online bookmakers alike will no doubt have a grand time come race weekend.